ALLYSON L. SMITH
Allyson L. Smith was born and raised in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where she became involved in the arts at a young age. She remembers watching her older brother's high school musical rehearsals, dreaming of a career as a performer. When her mother finally enrolled her in theatre, dance, and vocal classes, she excelled.
Smith attended Stevenson High School where she was a part of an award-winning drama department, garnering the coveted Best Actress award at multiple festivals and competitions. She later attended Michigan’s Oakland University, graduating with degrees in both Musical Theatre and Dance. It was there that Smith studied under renowned actors, Karen Sheridan, Michael Gillespie, and Tom Suda. After graduation, she performed with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and The Ringwald Theatre, and continued her training with film and improv classes at Actors Loft and Go! Comedy. She also had the chance to work with renowned producer, author, and screenwriter, Mitch Albom in Mitch Albom's Hockey the Musical! It was there that Smith met Albom's nephew, Jesser Nesser, who brought her on for his short film, The Mailman. Recently, Smith has found success in booking short films, commercials, and a lead in the next installment of Tony McCant's Papersverse Film Series, Dark Chapters Part 3.
Coming from a family of teachers, Smith considers herself to be a life-long learner and educator herself. She has used this thirst for knowledge to pick up a multitude of skills along the way, such as photography, videography, writing, design, stage combat, and most notably, choreography. She employs her storytelling ability to choreograph for professional theaters, universities, high schools, and studios. With her penchant for physicality, she is drawn to strong, maternal, actionable characters.
In addition to her work as an actress, Smith spends time on the production side of the arts as the Artistic Director and Co-Producer of Detroit Children's Theatre. In 2019, Allyson and her best friend from college founded DCT with the desire to bring professional children's theatre to youth and family audiences in Detroit. Inspired by the successes of nationally renowned children's theatre companies in other major U.S. cities, they bring the same quality of theatre to Metro Detroit families. Smith knows that it only takes one performance to shape someone's future, as it did with hers, and strives to create a body of work that both entertains and inspires.
Photo: Karri Brantley Photography